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L'Arpeggiata's Christina Pluhar interviews with Kansas Public Radio on new Handel recording

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George Frideric Handel now joins Purcell, Monteverdi and Cavalli on the list of composers who have inspired an album by Christina Pluhar and her ensemble L'Arpeggiata. Händel Goes Wild brings them together with soprano Nuria Rial, countertenor Valer Sabadus and jazz clarinettist Gianluigi Trovesi to explore and reimagine the cosmopolitan composer's music in their own inimitable and intoxicating style. L'Arpeggiata's aesthetic was summed up by the New York Times in 2012: "The group uses modern pop vocal inflections and improvisational techniques from jazz in its performances of antique pieces … Its audacious hybrids are driven principally by a fascination with reviving the Baroque art of ornamental extemporization and a curiosity about how contemporary improvisatory styles might be enlisted in that quest."

Improvisation is a feature of the performances, and Kansas Public Radio's Michael Keelan spoke with her about improvising in the history of classical music, and the recording process. LISTEN